While 3G isn’t yet a rage and 4G is still at a nascent stage in India, the next generation of mobile technology is already said to be in the works. Samsung claims that it has developed the core technology of the fifth generation, or 5G network, and plans to make it available for consumers by 2020, reports Korea's Yonhap News Agency. Needless to say, we can expect 5G to allow much faster data access (streaming) compared to the current 4G networks. Reportedly, Samsung claims that 5G would allow customers to download an entire movie in less than a second.
5G in the works
The download and upload data speeds are likely to be up to tens of gigabits per second (Gbps). This is way higher than 75 megabits per second (Mbps) data transfer rate offered by 3G services. The company has currently tested the platform with 28GHz waveband to transmit data at a speed of 1Gbps. This was considered to be a Herculean task earlier. Samsung reportedly used 64 antenna elements to overcome the issue, which enabled the device to exchange real-time signals under the platform.
3G and 4G wireless data transfers no more seem to be lightening fast. Samsung isn't the only one working on 5G technology. The industry (developed nations) has been vying for the next generation of technology. China and the European Union have been putting in efforts and, obviously, lots of cash into the development of the next generation mobile technology. Earlier in February, NTT DoCoMo had confirmed to have successfully conducted a 10Gbps wireless test in Ishigaki with the help of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Though it relied on frequencies and bandwidth outside the usual cellular service (11GHz band with 400MHz of spectrum), it showed the possibility of higher speeds than LTE and LTE-Advanced. NTT Docomo’s test used 24 antennas to maintain the link and hopes for similar speed in frequencies over 5GHz in mobile communication too.
It is still unclear whether the 5G technology will be reaching us in the next few years, but it is nice to know that 4G won't be the end to faster mobile data transfers.